Board of Directors

 

The Board of Directors’ role is to provide oversight to the activities of the CEO and Executive Management Team and provide strategic direction to the activities of the company.

Powerex Board of Directors is comprised of members of the BC Hydro Board who are appointed by the provincial Lieutenant-Governor in Council. Full terms of reference for the Powerex board may be found here

Current board members include:

 

Ken Peterson

Chair of the Board, BC Hydro

Ken’s 40-year career spans a wide range of assignments in the electricity industry. He first started working with BC Hydro in 1977, during which time he helped design BC Hydro’s initial Power Smart program, the first major demand-side management program in Canada. The last 10 years of his professional career were spent as CEO of Powerex, the marketing and trading subsidiary of BC Hydro.

Ken has served as a trustee of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation between 2006 and 2017, where he applied his industry experience to the physical and cyber-security reliability challenges facing utilities.

Ken has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts degree in economics from Northwestern University.

 

Len Boggio, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Director, BC Hydro

Len has served as a Director to BC Hydro since 2016, and as an independent advisor to the audit committee of BC Hydro from 2012 to 2016. He also serves as an independent director for several natural resource companies and for Genome BC since retiring as an auditor and partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). During Len's 30 years at PwC he provided services primarily to publicly listed companies, including those in the technology, mining and financial institutions industry sectors.

Len is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and has served as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and as Chair of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

In 2019, Len was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia for his 30+ years of professional volunteerism rendering diverse and dedicated service.

An active volunteer, Len has advocated for children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities through his service with the Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School and related Foundation. He is a respected educator who has taught with the Institute of Corporate Directors and has lectured at Simon Fraser University and the Law Society of British Columbia.

Len is a graduate of the University of Windsor with undergraduate degrees in both Arts and Commerce.

 

James P. Hatton, Q.C.

Director, BC Hydro

James P. Hatton, QC is a partner at Farris LLP.

James is currently a director and advisory board member for technology companies including STEMCELL Technologies, Canada's largest biotech company; and Aspect Biosystems, a world-leading 3D bioprinting company. James currently sits on the boards of: BC Tech, a non-profit dedicated to making British Columbia the best place to grow and scale a tech company; the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, a charity that educates, mentors and connects women entrepreneurs; and LifeSciences BC, an industry-funded association that supports and represents the life sciences community of British Columbia.

James was president of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society for six years, and remains an honorary life director of that organization. James is a former board member of the Central City Foundation, one of Vancouver's oldest charitable organizations, established in 1907 by a group of citizens concerned about the number of homeless and hungry people living the Gastown area of Vancouver. James formerly served on the board of governors of Royal Roads University and the governing council of the National Research Council of Canada, the Government of Canada's premier research, development and innovation organization.

 

Valerie Lambert, CPA, CA, ICD.D

Director, BC Hydro

Since 2007, Valerie has been Executive Director of Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Foundation, and the Renew Crew Foundation. She served as BC Hydro's Treasurer from 1998 to 2004.

Valerie brings a wealth of experience to the BC Hydro Board, including Energy Analyst, East Asia Region, with the World Bank in Washington, D.C.; Vice-President and Treasurer of BC Gas; and Manager of Finance and Senior Auditor with MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.

Valerie’s previous directorships and officer experience include Governor of Crofton House School, Director of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Director and Past Chair (and Founding Member of) BC Women's Hospital Foundation, Member of the BCIT International Advisory Board, and Director of BC Transit.

She currently serves as a Director of Coast Capital Savings where she chairs the Audit & Finance Committee. She also is a Director of Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club where she chairs the Finance Committee.

Valerie was recently recognized as one of the BC Business Most Influential Women in Finance. She is a member of CPABC and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

 

Chris O'Riley

President & CEO

Chris O'Riley is BC Hydro's President and CEO.

Chris leads B.C.'s largest Crown corporation, the fourth-largest company in the province as ranked by annual revenue. With a clean energy advantage thanks to a long history of hydroelectric generation, BC Hydro delivers 98% renewable and clean electricity to its 4 million customers. To ensure a reliable supply of this critical product, BC Hydro will spend approximately $2 billion per year over the next 10 years to refurbish and expand its electricity assets. With construction of the Site C Project currently underway, Chris continues to seek opportunities to support clean development in B.C., such as through low carbon electrification.

Chris built his career at BC Hydro, starting as an engineer-in-training fresh out of university in 1990. During his 30-year career, Chris has held positions throughout the organization and across the province, including roles working with customers, leading operations, overseeing capital projects, and working at BC Hydro's trading subsidiary, Powerex. He has been a member of BC Hydro's Executive Team since 2007, and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2015.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Chris's family relocated to B.C. in 1974. Why? His dad was inspired by the growth in B.C. and in particular, a Time Magazine article featuring W.A.C. Bennett, B.C.'s premier from 1952 to 1972 and the driving force behind BC Hydro as we know it today.

With great appreciation for the sense of history and legacy of our province's crown jewel, Chris feels honoured to be leading the company today. Chris is a Professional Engineer and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and three children, where he is active in his local community.

 

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